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Face It – Dodgers Have a Closer Problem

I am not generally one to second-guess managers, especially ones that are my homeboys, but what the heck was Don Mattingly thinking? Javy Guerra was having trouble BEFORE he got hit in the face.  Yes, it was gutsy that Guerra stayed in the game.  Yes, it was great that Don was showing his confidence in [...]

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Report From the Ravine

 Chavez Ravine, Dodgertown, California – On a slightly chilly night (well not really), when lots of Dodger fans showed up disguised as empty seats, with only 26,376 fans visible (maybe less), the Dodgers   It’s a shame that the best team in the NL can’t PBIS (put butts in seats).  As usual, it required a [...]

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Rank & Rave Sunday

I have about 20 minutes before my flight to LA leaves, so I’ll check in and talk about our favorite topic – the Dodgers! Dee Gordon finally had a decent game – 3 for 4.  This could be the start of a streak for him. James with his first HR – he has actually been [...]

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Dee Gordon Has To Go Down

Look, I am a big Dee Gordon fan.  I predicted that he would steal 80 bases this year and hit close to .300 and I still believe that. However, he has to go down.  He is off to a start that sports a .192 BA with a .263 OB%.  That’s horrible! Dee Gordon has to [...]

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It’s a Vast Wastland After Kemp, Ethier, Ellis and Rivera

If you add up all the RBI’s and Runs Scored by the 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers, it comes up to 111.  Four players, namely Matt Kemp, Mark Ellis, Andre Ethier and Juan Rivera are responsible for a whooping 81 of those.  That means that the rest of the team is responsible for just 30.  Nearly [...]

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Dodgers Just Keep on Keepin’ On

Last night, James Loney seems to get going a little as he went 2-4.  It’s a start, and all the Dodgers need from him is a typical year.  Anything else is icing on the cake.  Ted Lilly pitched very well and seemed to take up where he left off last year.  In case you forget, [...]

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Rant & Rave Saturday

Ladies & Gentlemen, let me introduce to your your 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers who now at 7-1, have the best record in Major League Baseball. Koufax didn’t do it.  Drysdale didn’t do it.  Neither did Osteen, Sutton, Valenzula, Messersmith or Kershaw.   Johnny Podres had the Dodger record (which was eight) until Aaron Harang struck out [...]

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The Stars Are Aligned

BOXSCORE What I mean by that is that the Offensive Stars in each of the three games this season have been different.  Opening day it was Matt Kemp.  In game two it was the former Mr. Softee, Andre Ethier, and last night it was AJ and the kid (Dee Gordon). Chris Capuano looked like a [...]

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Magical Year?

I admit that I make some predictions with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, however today I am deadly serious and will give you my honest assessment of how the Dodgers will do this season. First of all, none of us can anticipate exactly what will happen, especially in regard to new ownership.  Stan [...]

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70% of the World is Covered by Water – the Rest is Covered by Dee Gordon

I have been busy the last couple of days, so when I got back and checked the blog, I was dismayed that I had written Rivera would hit 28 HR.   Believe it or not, I meant 18 HR for Rivera, but hit the 2 instead of the 1.  OK,  I’ll just live with it, maybe [...]

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Just My Opinion

It sounds like Jerry Hariston, Jr. has an arm, or shoulder issue and can’t throw properly according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com.  It’s simple – if he can’t throw, he can’t play.  He has to go to the DL.  His defense at multiple positions is his greatest asset. Justin Sellers deserves a shot at the [...]

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Don’t Rush to Judgement

2011 was an aberration for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  For those of you who think the 2012 version of the Dodgers is not a very good team, I say:  “I beg to differ.  In fact, I will go as far as saying you are crazy if you think this is a bad team.” It’s popular [...]

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We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

We don’t know: If Mark Ellis falters, could Alex Castellanos be his replacement?  Alex will start the season at AAA, and he needs to play 2B everyday, but could he be a long-term solution?  His glove isn’t Gold (at least not yet, if ever), but he has some “pop” and he’s a mature player.  Could [...]

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It’s Time To Get Real

Several bloggers and some of their followers are lobbying for AJ Ellis to hit at the top of the Dodgers lineup, instead of near or at the bottom.  They point to his .360 OB%.  Wow!  Here’s the deal – it’s a small sampling – he has 244 AB’s in parts of 4 years, so opposing [...]

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The Andre Ethier I Want

Let me make something perfectly clear.  If Andre Ethier could quit being his own worst enemy, I would be his biggest supporter, but if I have to keep Andre Ethier as he is, I would trade him in a heartbeat.  The Dodger Beat Writers can’t and won’t say much about it, but Andre Ethier wears [...]

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Let’s Play Ball and Some Rants and Raves

Well the pitchers and catchers reported and we know who the Opening Day Starter is already.  Three guesses… Jon Weisman writes another excellent summary of the Dodgers Roster possibilities for ESPN/LA who recently fired him.  By the way, Jon, ESPN don’t know jack.  Your writing defines you, not the schmucks in the suits, and the [...]

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2012 Predictions

OK, it’s almost time for pitchers and catchers to report.  I’ll make some predictions for the 2012 season.  This is from the gut, not from any empirical evidence: Fed-Ex will be the Dodgers starting catcher before the season is over. Javy Guerra will be supplanted by Kenley Jansen as the Dodgers closer (in fact, I [...]

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What Sabermetrics Can’t Predict

I spent a couple of days last week going back several years and reading what the blogs who focus on baseball sabermetrics predicted about Dodger players, and what I predicted about those same players. Without getting into a pissing match, what I found was that our batting averages were pretty much the same.    I [...]

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Not Many Played the Game Like the Kid

Once a Dodger, you are always a Dodger,  and Gary Carter was a Dodger in 1991.   While he was just a shell of what he once was, he never lost his love of the game which he always played like a little kid, trying his best on every play to beat the opponent.  Gary [...]

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Will the Real James Loney Please Stand Up?

He may or may not ever hit 20 home runs, but based upon a 162 game season, James Loney will deliver the following stats: 32 Doubles 4 Triples 14 HR 87 RBI .288 BA .346 OB% .432 Slg % .788 OPS Near Gold Glove Defense While none of that is astounding, it is solid.  James [...]

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